Court docks 11 APC hoodlums in Kwara

An Ilorin Chief Magistrate Court on Wednesday docked 11 persons for allegedly attacking the convoy of the Kwara State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bashir Bolarinwa and other members of his executive.

The attack happened on February 26 in Shao town in Moro Local Government Area during a thank-you tour of the council.

The suspects, who pleaded not guilty to the offences preferred against them, were accused of criminal conspiracy, criminal force and assault, inciting disturbances and mischief contrary to Sections 97, 266, 243, 114 and 327 of Penal Code.

Police First Information Report said “some aggrieved members on February 26 criminally conspired to disrupt the programme by inciting members of their group against the visiting state executives which later resulted into an attack on the visiting APC executive and as a result, the programme was disrupted while the vehicle conveying the party officials were equally damaged.

“In the process three persons, Jimoh Saliu, Akanbi Rofiat and Ogunremi Akinjide at the venue of the meeting sustained various degrees of bodily injuries. Investigation revealed that the attack was planned and hatched by the aggrieved suspects.”

Reacting to the suspects’ denial, the Police Prosecutor, Zacchaeus Folorunsho told the court that investigation into the matter “is still in progress. It is trite in law that bail is at the discretion of the court, we are waiting for another day for further notice.”

Lead counsel to the defendants, Lawal Jimoh in applying for their bail, said the “first information report no matter how beautifully written cannot take the place of evidence; bail is also guided by Section 169 of the Kwara State Administration of Criminal Justice of 2018.

It means that the defendants are not going to commit the same offence if granted bail and they are not going to jump bail.

Chief Magistrate Ahmad Dasuki granted them bail and ordered each of the accused persons to N200,000 with one surety on grade level six and above working with the Kwara State Civil Service.

He adjourned the case to April 2.

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